Stefan's Florilegium updates for April 2010

THLord Stefan li Rous offers updates to Stefan's Florilegium for April 2010.

Greetings to the Gentles of Known World,

Here is a copy of my Florilegium article for April detailing what is new in the Florilegium this month.

I am always looking for good articles for the Florilegium. If you have researched a little known subject in our period or you practice a little known art or craft, writing an article is an excellent way to introduce others to the work you've done. I'm especially interested in academic papers written for A&S contests because, unfortunately, few have time at such an event to read them. Even the judges. Getting them published in the Florilegium lets your hard word benefit the entire Known World.  A number of people indicated they would send me articles or class handouts at Gulf Wars but I have yet to get them. :-(

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A Blending of the Past and Present

Over the past twenty years in an ongoing effort, I have been collecting bits of useful information from various newsgroups, mail lists and articles submitted to me by their authors. In order to make this information available to others, I have placed this information in a collection of files I call Stefan's Florilegium.

I am always interested in new articles. If you have written an article that would be of interest to others in the SCA, please send it to me for possible inclusion in the Florilegium. A&S documentation and class handouts will also often work out well. I am especially interested in A&S papers.

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THLord Stefan li Rous   Ansteorra    stefan at

Here are the new files for this month:

In the ACCESSORIES section:

  •    Rubies-Spphrs-art   "Rubies and Sapphires" by Lady Rutilia Fausta.
  •    Viking-Beads-art    "Viking Beads" by Lady Sileas ni Dhomhnaill of Goldenoak.

In the CLOTHING section:

  •    merch-shoes-msg     Lists and reviews of period-style shoe makers.

In the COMBAT-RAPIER section:

  •    rapier-armor-msg    Construction of armor for rapier combat.

In the CRAFTS section:

  •    LMM-Repousse-art    "Leather Mallet Medallion, Repoussé" by Lady Ingeborg bildsbriótr Ulfsdottir.

In the EQUESTRIAN section:

  •    Women-Riding-art    "Women Riding in Medieval Times – Practical Experiences" by Lady Isabell Winter.

In the FOOD section:

  •    crockpot-dshs-msg   Medieval dishes which cook well in a slow-cooker/crockpot.
  •    DYKIP-Brekfst-art   "Did You Know it's Period? Part 7: Time for Breakfast" by HL Rowan Houndskeeper.

In the SCA-CAMPING section:

  •    cmp-ckng-bags-art   Camp cooking using boil-in bags for quick meals by Baroness Claire Shayhan.

In the TEXTILE-ARTS section:

  •    oilcloth-msg        Period oiled or waxed, waterproof cloth.

Here are the updated files for this month:

  •    fd-France-msg       Food of medieval France. References.
  •    gingerbread-msg     Medieval gingerbread. Recipes.
  •    gums-resins-msg     Period use of plant gums and resins. Myrrh, mastic, frankincense, camphor.
  •    hais-msg             A medieval, Middle East sweet made of dates, bread crumbs, ground nuts, and sugar.
  •    kitchen-clean-msg   Cleaning the kitchen after an SCA event.
  •    London-msg          Medieval points of interest in and around London.
  •    macrame-msg         Period macrame. References.
  •    olives-msg          Period olives. Processing fresh olives.
  •    pewter-msg          Pewter in period. References. Sources.
  •    raingear-msg        Period raingear. waterproofing cloth.
  •    root-veg-msg        Medieval and period root vegetables.
  •    SCA-gays-msg        Acceptance of Gays and Lesbians in the SCA.
  •    SCA-transport-msg   Typical and unusual SCA vehicles and transportation.
  •    shields-msg         SCA and period shields.
  •    snow-msg            "Snow", a white, creamy confection often served with wafers.

Copyright 2010, Mark S. Harris. Permission to reprint in SCA-related publications is hereby granted if the file descriptions are left unchanged. Removing any of the updated files listed in order to fit the article into limited publication space is allowed. The article introduction may also be edited, provided the web address and contact info are retained.

THLord Stefan li Rous    Barony of Bryn Gwlad    Kingdom of Ansteorra
   Mark S. Harris           Austin, Texas
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